IPS Immigrant Parents Speak at Board Meeting

Current Events & News | 02/23/2017

Justin Ohlemiller
Executive Director

Immigrant parents rally behind IPS board resolution aimed at reaffirming a safe environment regardless of immigration status

INDIANAPOLIS – Stand for Children Indiana parents of immigrant students in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) will speak at tonight’s IPS board meeting in favor of a resolution reaffirming the school district’s commitment to educating every child who walks into an IPS building. The IPS board is taking action after hearing from Latino families who have expressed fears about stepped up federal enforcement of immigration laws.

“The fear is real,” said IPS father Manny Martinez. “Many parents are worried about being separated from their children. There is a sense that this could happen at any time.”

Martinez, who spoke at the IPS board meeting last month, said that the fear is affecting children in the classroom.

“The uncertainty and concern is producing a toxic climate that directly impacts the learning environment in our schools.”

Manny will join other parents at tonight’s IPS board meeting, where the resolution on immigration is expected to be taken up for a vote.

WHERE: John Morton Finney Center, 120 E. Walnut St.

WHEN: TODAY, February 23 at 6 p.m.

Last month, IPS leaders – including Superintendent Dr. Lewis Ferebee, Board President Mary Ann Sullivan and the majority of her colleagues – signed on to a letter with more than 2,300 education leaders nationwide calling on the new presidential administration to maintain protections for immigrant students, commonly known as DREAMers.

The letter was produced by a coalition of education advocates, including Stand for Children. That letter can be viewed by visiting www.protectdreamers.org.


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